Sunday 11 December 2016

Everyone's chasing the Buccs

Daragh Small

Published 02/12/2016 | 02:30

Buccaneers head coach Brett Wilkinson Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Buccaneers head coach Brett Wilkinson Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Buccaneers are top of the Ulster Bank League Division 1B and they clash with Ballymena at Eaton Park as they look to preserve their status as the league's best side.

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Brett Wilkinson's side, who recently announced that former Ireland and Connacht prop Nathan White will be joining their coaching team, have been sensational so far in 2016-17, winning seven of their eight games this season to take control of the division.

Last time out, against Galwegians on November 18, they came out with a 24-12 victory , thanks to tries from Conor McKeon, Mata Fifita and Eoghan O'Reilly. 

Buccaneers moved five points clear at the top of the standings with that win and after UL Bohemians' disappointing defeat in Naas, Buccs are still four points ahead of their closest challengers.

Their opponents this weekend, Ballymena, have won five of their eight games and they are fourth in the table.

Galwegians host Shannon in Crowley Park this weekend as they look towards picking themselves up and moving out of relegation trouble.

Galwegians lost their seventh game of the season at Dubarry Park last time out and they are ninth, just one point off the bottom of the table.

Corinthians have slipped to eighth in Division 2A ahead of their game against Sunday's Well tomorrow.

Corinthians were hammered 33-10 away to Banbridge in Rifle Park last weekend, and they will hope to bounce back up the table after fading away since a promising start to season.

Sligo are fifth and are at home to Bangor in Hamilton Park this weekend, after their huge 29-16 win away to Seapoint, in Kilbogget Park.

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